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Finding Momentum: Human Rights and the Environment

The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School lauds the presentation of the Independent Expert to the Human Rights Council, calling it a major “advance” in the discourse on the nexus between human rights in the environment.

Protecting the environment: “Not just about environmental harm, but rights – human rights”

NAIROBI (19 February 2013) – The United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, urged world governments to take into account human rights laws in designing and developing environmental governance. Prof. Knox reminded a global gathering of environmental Ministers and high level officials in Nairobi that “environmental harm can infringe the enjoyment of human rights.”

Earthjustice Lauds Appointment of John Knox as UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

Earthjustice celebrates the recent appointment of Professor John H. Knox as the holder of the recently created mandate of Independent Expert of Human Rights and the Environment. Yves Lador, Earthjustice’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva claims “Professor Knox’s experience and expertise will make him a valuable ally in efforts to strengthen and implement the right to a healthy environment and to understand the obligation of nations to protect and defend that right.”

CIEL Statement on Appointment of John Knox as UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

The Center for International Environmental Law embraces the appointment of John H. Knox as the Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment by the Human Rights Council. CIEL states that Professor Knox is a leading figure in the field whose longstanding experience makes him an excellent choice for this critical role.